Angela Merkel publicly commented for the first time about the arrest of a German intelligence employee accused of spying for the U.S. The chancellor said that if allegations proved true it would be a “clear contradiction as to what I consider to be trusting cooperation between agencies and partners.” The arrested man is accused of supplying 218 documents to the U.S. from 2012 to 2014. The White House has not publicly commented on the spying allegation, but the arrest adds to an already strained relationship. There have been tensions between the U.S. and Germany since it was revealed the National Security Agency spied on the country, including Merkel’s cellphone.
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